Mutiso Munyao, Jepchirchir seize 2024 London Marathon titles

Kenyan distance runners Alexander Mutiso Munyao and Peres Jepchirchir ran to victory at Sunday’s London Marathon.

Mutiso Munyao received the lads’s race and denied 41-year-old Kenenisa Bekele a primary London Marathon victory by pulling away from the Ethiopian nice with about three kilometres to go Sunday.

Mutiso Munyao and Bekele had been in a two-way combat for the win till the Kenyan made his transfer as they ran alongside the River Thames, shortly constructing a six-second hole that solely grew as he ran towards the end in entrance of Buckingham Palace.

He completed in an unofficial time of two hours 4 minutes one second, with Bekele ending 14 seconds behind. Emile Cairess of Britain was third, greater than two minutes again.

Bekele, the Ethiopian former Olympic 10,000 and 5,000-metre champion, was additionally the runner-up in London in 2017 however has by no means received the race.

Jepchirchir favorite to repeat at Paris 2024

Jepchirchir pulled away late to win the girls’s race and cement her standing because the favorite to defend Olympic gold in Paris.

She had by far the strongest end as she simply left world-record holder Tigst Assefa and two different rivals behind to dash alone down the ultimate stretch in entrance of Buckingham Palace. She completed in two hours 16 minutes 16 seconds, with Assefa in second and Joyciline Jepkosgei in third.

That was greater than 4 minutes slower than Assefa’s world report set in Berlin final 12 months, however it was the quickest time ever in a women-only marathon, beating the mark of two:17:01 set by Mary Keitany in London in 2017.

Jepchirchir stated Sunday’s occasion was the ultimate qualifying race earlier than Kenya’s Olympic selectors choose their staff for Paris this summer time.

“I used to be not anticipating to run that point,” Jepchirchir stated. “I used to be attempting to work additional laborious to defend my title within the Olympics.”

It was additionally a little bit of redemption for Jepchirchir after ending third in London final 12 months, when she was overwhelmed in a equally tight end and got here in 5 seconds behind winner Sifan Hassan.

Popping out on high in a late dash this time will solely increase her confidence going into Paris.

“I feel it helps me loads,” she stated. “For me, after I attain 800 metres [left], it is tough to defeat me.”

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